O’Neill: Have a gamble, lads

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Martin O’Neill is urging Sunderland’s frontmen to gamble in a bid to halt the club’s goal drought, writes Graeme Anderson.

O’Neill’s immediate task as the new Sunderland manager is to improve his side’s fortunes in the final third, with the Black Cats netting just 16 goals from the opening 14 games.

While the midfield and defence have chipped in, Sunderland’s strikers have struggled to get on the scoresheet.

After watching from the stands at Wolves last weekend, O’Neill believes Sunderland need to overcome their lack of confidence in the final third by taking a chance in the box, in anticipation of the ball dropping their way.

“There were a couple of occasions last Sunday when we got players into the penalty box and got some decent deliveries,” O’Neill told the Football Echo.

“It’s just a case of someone taking that gamble and going across the front of a defender to make something happen.

“Those are the types of things that you can address in the short-term.

“We need to. We need to score goals – the problems are there for all to see.”

* Full story in tonight’s Football Echo